NEWARK, N.J. -- San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture sustained a fractured right fibula at the ankle in practice Thursday and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks following surgery. He was the center on the Sharks' second line, playing between left wing Patrick Marleau and right wing Joel Ward.
While admitting that losing Couture for an extended period of time is an unfortunate turn of events for a team off to a 3-0-0 start this season, Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said he doesn't want anyone dwelling on the bad news.
"We haven't spent a lot of time on it; it's a reality," DeBoer said Friday from Prudential Center, where the Sharks will play the New Jersey Devils. "He's out, and until he's back someone else has to do the job."
Couture is an all-situations forward for the Sharks. He has one assist in three games this season and has averaged 17:52 of ice time per game, second among Sharks forwards. Last season he had 27 goals and 67 points in 82 games.
"He's obviously disappointed," DeBoer said of Couture. "But he's a character kid and he'll be back."